MEETINGS: Lots of government conclaves this week in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area. Garden Grove City Council meets on Tuesday to take up the new budget and a new deal for cable television. The public portion starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.
Go to http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/
Stanton’s city council will also wrestle with budget issues (including reduced police services) when it meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave. Go to. http://www.ci.stanton.ca.us/
In Westminster, the city council meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 8200 Westminster Blvd. On the agenda is a proposed budget and the idea of installing toll lanes on the San Diego (Interstate 405) Freeway.
Go to www.westminster-ca.gov/. for more infomation and detailed staff reports.
On Sunday the Angels defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in Anaheim, taking their third-straight series with the Dodgers, and four of six games in the last two weeks.
“It seems like wherever I’ve been, to be honest, we’ve had trouble with these guys,”
said Dodger manager Don Mattingly, a former Yankee.
The Anaheimers have the best interleague record in major league baseball since the start of the 2007 season, improving to 74-34 after going 12-6 against the National League this year. They’ve won 14 of the their last 15 interleague series.
The Halos’ win was prompted by an early two-run homer by Peter Bourjos and RBI singles by Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick with two outs in the seventh inning.
The win lifted the Angels’ record to 40-33, but they were unable to gain ground on the Rangers, who defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-2. Texas remains five games ahead despite the Angels’ surge.
Coming into the Dodger series in Anaheim, the Halos took the rubber match of three game series against the San Francisco Giants. On Friday, the Angels staged a epic come-from-behind rally (down 5-0 in the early innings) to defeat the Dodgers 8-5. Rookie Mike Trout hit the go-ahead home run.
The Angels then lost Saturday’s game 3-1, despite outhitting the Dodgers eight to four.
The Angels are back in action Tuesday, opening a two-game set in Baltimore. On Thursday the Halos start a four-game series in Toronto that will go through Sunday.
MOVIES: The top film opening this weekend could be “Magic Mike,” a film about male strippers. It stars Channing Tatum, Matt McConaughey and Alex Pettyher. Has to be better than it sounds. Rated R. Also, there’s “People Like Us,” starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. A salesman returns to his hometown after his father dies and discovers he has a sister he never knew about.Rated PG-13. And then there’s “Ted,” starring Mark Walburg. This one is about a grown man with a live teddy bear companion. Rated PG-13.
Also out this Friday: “Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Witness Protection.”